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Makita Suzuki’s Carmichael Wins Anaheim 2 & Tedesco Finishes Strong in Fourth
January 23, 2006
Round 3 - Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Jan. 21, 2006
Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ricky Carmichael captured his second consecutive Supercross victory of the year -- as well as the points lead -- in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Angel Stadium on Saturday night in Anaheim, CA. Teammate Ivan Tedesco celebrated his best AMA Supercross-class finish in 2006 by coming in an impressive fourth.
“I’d really like to thank my team because they worked really hard this week,” said Carmichael. “We had some problems in the first few races but we got them straightened out.” This Anaheim victory brings the defending AMA Supercross Champion’s combined AMA Supercross/Motocross wins to 129 (that’s 131 if you count last year’s Canadian World rounds).
The sold-out Anaheim crowd was first treated to an impressive heat race featuring both Carmichael and Tedesco. They both got good starts, with Tedesco first out of turn one. Within seconds, however, Carmichael had pulled ahead. The two Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 riders went on to lead the eight-lap race and finish first and second to advance to the main.
“I was really happy with my win last week at Phoenix,” enthused Carmichael from the podium. “It felt really good and I’m ready to do it again. Racing at Anaheim is always really special for me and right now I’m just looking forward to getting on to the main.”
When the night’s 20-lap main event came, it was not that different from the heat race in that Tedesco led the first several laps before being overtaken by Carmichael.
“It was a little intimidating to lead my first Supercross main,” admitted Tedesco after the race. “I got a little nervous and almost crashed a few times but then I calmed down. The only way to learn how to race with these guys is to ride up front. Now I just want to carry that into the next race.”
Meanwhile, Carmichael had begun battling for the lead in earnest. His Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was right on the rear wheel of the leader and then, with two laps to go, the competition succumbed to the pressure. He made a mistake and went down with a lapped rider. Carmichael promptly took the lead and rode to victory.
“Obviously, I’m always happy to get the win,” said Carmichael afterward. “Though I’d rather not have won that way, I’d rather have passed James (Stewart) fair and square. It’s unfortunate that that had to happen but it’s always great to get the win.”
Once passed by his teammate, Tedesco had been prepared to settle into third. Unfortunately, the competition had other ideas. Even so, Tedesco put up a good fight, battling aggressively for the podium finish. Despite a good effort, he did get passed but was happy about the race overall and was pleased with his finish.
“I got out front and led for a few laps,” recounted Tedesco. “I decided to race with these guys instead of just riding around out there. So I raced as hard as I could and I held them off for as long as I could.”
With two wins under its collective belt, Makita Suzuki prepares for next weekend’s San Francisco Supercross. Carmichael and Tedesco are both eager for the next round.
“Anaheim 2 was a great win, regardless of how it happened,” summed up Carmichael. “I’m looking forward to going to San Francisco, it’s a great city and I think I’ve won there every time I’ve raced there.”
Added Tedesco, “I like the city but I haven’t had the best luck there so I’m looking forward to changing that this weekend.”
In the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Carmichael and Tedesco remain in second and fourth positions overall, respectively.
Ricky Carmichael, Team Makita Suzuki Racing RM-Z450, #4
1st Place - Supercross class, Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
1st Place -- Overall
Ivan Tedesco, Team Makita Suzuki Racing RM-Z450, #9
4th Place - Supercross class, Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
4th Place – Overall
Supercross Class Top 10 Finishers:
1. Ricky Carmichael, Team Makita Suzuki Racing
2. Chad Reed, Yamaha,
3. James Stewart, Kawasaki
4. Ivan Tedesco, Team Makita Suzuki Racing
5. Jeremy McGrath, Honda
6. Ernesto Fonseca, Honda
7. Mike LaRocco, Honda
8. Michael Byrne, Kawasaki
9. David Vuillemin, Honda (holeshot)
10. Nick Wey, Honda
Supercross Lites Class Top 10 Finishers:
1. Grant Langston, Kawasaki
2. Andrew Short, Honda
3. Nathan Ramsey, KTM
4. Billy Laninovich, Honda
5. Sean Collier, Yamaha
6. Jake Weimer, Honda
7. Mike Alessi, KTM (holeshot)
8. Brett Metcalfe, Yamaha
9. Jason Lawrence, Suzuki
10. Jesse Casillas, Honda
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